[[folder: Fridge Brilliance ]]

* SFDebris pointed out that Picard's raving about not sacrificing the ''Enterprise''-E could be in part justified because of his anger at losing the ''Enterprise''-D in the the previous film, and lingering feelings of having lost the ''Stargazer'' before the events of TNG. Note that Picard has a look of utter horror on his face when he realizes the model he smashed in the cabinet with the gun is that of the ''Enterprise''-D which is why his "Make them pay" rant goes off the deep end.
** Another bit of FridgeBrilliance. Picard's refusal to pull back may not have been purely out of revenge. We know he could hear the Borg in his head sometimes. Who's to say they weren't still able to influence him, especially with the Borg Queen herself there. It's not that hard to believe they were giving little mental pokes to enhance feelings that were already there.
* There's a reason Geordi finally opted for prosthetics, which he refused in the main show. Lursa and Betor both exploited his visor to nearly destroy the ship. That probably made Geordi decide it was for the better for security purposes.
** Or even Starfleet security told him if he didn't switch to the implants, he'd never be allowed to work on a starship again. After all, losing the flagship of the Federation to an out-of-date Bird of Prey probably resulted in someone upstairs getting really pissed. If he hadn't switched to the implants, he probably wouldn't have been allowed to remain Picard's pick for Chief Engineer on the Enterprise-E.
* The ''Bozeman'' is mentioned as part of the fleet to engage the Borg, and even has Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as one of the voices among the radio-chatter during the battle. The ''Bozeman'' was the ship misplaced in time and thrown forward 90 years during the TNG episode "Cause and Effect", something similar to what happens to the ''Enterprise'' in this movie. Also, the ship itself is named after ''Bozeman, Montana'', the very site of First Contact.
* Data's near-betrayal of the crew. He considered joining the Borg Queen for a fraction of a second, which, for an android, is nearly an eternity. What do you suppose ''ten years'' [[TrueCompanions serving alongside his crewmates is then?]]
* After Cochrane completes mankind's first warp flight, [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome he looks and asks "Is that Earth?"]]. Geordi answers that it is indeed Earth. Cochrane says "It's so small...", to which Riker says "It's about to get a whole lot bigger.". As in, the first contact that sets the stage for the Federation.
* Cochrane confesses to Riker that he didn't build the warp drive because he wanted to travel in space or kick off a golden age of exploration, but because he wanted to make enough money to retire to some isolated tropical island full of naked women. In the original series episode "Metamorphosis", Cochrane was living (well, marooned) on an isolated ''planetoid'', and winds up staying there with two females -- the [[EnergyBeing Companion]] and Commissioner Hedford -- merged into one good-looking body. (No nudity in the script, but it's strongly implied there ''will'' be once the ''Enterprise'' leaves.)
* Starfleet's decision to keep Picard out of the battle with the Borg seems unjustified, but consider what happened back in the episode "I Borg". There, Picard had a chance to do away with the Borg by introducing a TykeBomb but grew a conscience and refused to do so. Some episodes later (I forget which one, possibly "Descent"?), he is royally chewed out by Starfleet brass for this decision (which allows to Borg to continue). The admiralty may believe that Picard's mercy is a sign that the Borg still have some influence on him and may fear that said influence could be used to force Picard to turn the Enterprise against Starfleet. Still doesn't explain why Riker can't assume command for a few hours, though.
** Maybe because they also gambled that in that situation, no matter how illegally, Riker would defer to Picard for judgment.
* Lily famously gives Picard a WhatTheHellHero in this film for, among other things, not making the slightest attempt to save the life of one of his ensigns who had been taken by the borg (instead opting to gun him down and [[PistolWhipping beat him with the butt of a submachinegun]], [[BlatantLies to put him out]] [[MercyKill of his misery]]). Is this Lily tearing down a [[RevengeBeforeReason Picard driven mad with revenge]], or simply a [[DeliberateValuesDissonance civilian from another culture and another time]] reacting to the seemingly callous way the [[WeHaveReserves 24th century Starfleeet reacts to death in battle?]]
** The rest of her rant was right, but this part was just her not understanding - there really was no way to save Lynch, and not killing him left him a threat to them.
* The ''Defiant'' is swiftly defeated in battle by the Borg, even though Sisko said this was the only thing the ship was designed to do. However, he also said that it was supposed to be the first in a new Federation battle fleet. Thus, it was not designed to defeat the Borg in one-on-one combat. It was designed to be quick and cheap to build in mass numbers, allowing a swarm assault (like what Starfleet does in the battle) to defeat the Borg with acceptable casualties.
** Essentially, don't think of the ''Defiant'' as the USS ''Missouri''. Think of it as a German Type VII U-boat.
** Also, considering that we reach the battle after it's been going on for awhile, and that the Defiant would probably have been on the front line the whole time, it's ''still'' one of the last ships standing.
*** Notice that as the Borg cube explodes, at least one Federation vessel is destroyed while failing to OutruntheFireball. Meanwhile the ''Defiant'', dead in space, at ground zero of that explosion, is intact. "Tough little ship" indeed!
* Picard's refusal to blow up the Enterprise isn't just because of his hatred of the borg. [[Film/StarTrekGenerations He promised Kirk that he wouldn't give it up for any reason.]]
** Its more than that; remember by this point Picard has already lost two ships - the Stargazer and the Enterprise-D. The former we know he was court-marshalled over (and was a long time before he got his next ship, the Ent-D), and the latter was lost when he wasn't even there. Even more so it's only been a couple of years since the Ent-D was lost so that wound is still fairly raw. Note how what snaps him out of it is when he smashes the dish play cabinet of Enterprise models and the one most prominently smashed is the one of the Ent-D.
** And actually, even without that, it's not ''just'' because he hates them. If it was ''just'' about his hatred he'd probably be willing to destroy the. Enterprise to blow them all up. Watch his rant again, it's about what destroying the ship symbolises - the Federation in general, and Picard in particular have lost a lot to the Borg, and destroying the Enterprise is continuing to let them take things. Especially as with his family dead, the Enterprise is all he has left, so losing it is like losing the last of his family (what he's missing in his rage is that his family is actually (and has been for the last 8 or 9 years), the crew of the Enterprise, not the Enterprise herself).
* At first glance, the Borg Queen's "I will Seduce you to the Dark Side" plan for Data seems a bit trite and cliched. But it's also completely ''logical''. Think about who and what Data is. He can't be tortured, because he doesn't feel pain. He can't be assimilated since he has no organic components. His brain can't simply be hacked. And, like any member of Picard's crew, he is ''fiercely'' loyal and can't be bribed or otherwise cajoled. What can you ever do to Data that would make him give you what you want? ''Give him flesh''. Offer him the organic, physical sensations that he's always wanted and could never get on his own. It's the only thing you could possibly tempt him with...and conveniently, it's something the Borg can give him. Too bad for the Borg, Data's loyalty is stronger than that, and he just [[InstantExpert learned]] how to [[ILied lie]].
** I'd say the claim that he can't be assimilated because he has no organic components is dubious - we've see the Borg assimilate technology just by walking up to it and injecting it with nanoprobes so why would Data be any different? May be mistaken, but fairly sure that happened in this film and not just in later Voyager episodes. And even if it wasn't, assimilation is a process whereby technological components are grafted onto a biological body, so if anything Data should be easier to assimilate as he is technology. A better explanation would probably be that the Borg see him as a goal being a wholy inorganic being that is alive and thus is the closest they've ever seen to perfection. The reason they toy with him rather than a quick assimilation is that they're worried about causing irreparable damage to him by injecting him with nanoprobes or by taking him apart for study (remember back in 'A Measure of a Man' one of the arguments against Madox taking Data apart to study him and copy him was that one slip up and he'd be destroyed) - they're playing for time trying to study him as much as possible before they'll be forced to use their usual methods. Or alternatively if their idea of perfection is the merging of the biological with the technological, then they're using him as the test bed of how to give biological components to an artificial being instead of the other way around which is their normal MO.
* I had a general dislike for many parts of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' (such as The Borg Queen... okay, that's about it, but I REALLY hated the Borg Queen). Watching Sci-Fi Debris' review for "Q Who", however, paints a truly bizarre picture, as the being who once put humanity on trial for barbarism is the one who sets the Borg on humanity. Picard's talk about how humanity was evolved and better can be seen as a prompting for their introduction to the Borg by Q. Because a few years later, Picard would lose his humanity to the Borg... but once free, he harbors a blinding hatred of the Borg. In the end, we see Picard become Captain Ahab with the Borg as his White Whale. And to quote Sci-Fi Debris, "Somewhere, Q is laughing." - Sines
* In ''First Contact'', Many fans have commented on the absurdity of Data gaining an almost ''Terminator'' level of bullet resistance to a hail of machine gun fire when in the series, he nearly suffered critical damage from an arrow. But in a similar way to Geordi replacing his VISOR due to the half dozen times it was used against him, Data was genre savvy enough to retrofit himself with steel plating. If you look at everything he has sustained over the years, it is incredible to think he didn't take this decision earlier. In addition to the arrow incident, there was the time he was nearly destroyed by a pre-warp civilization he had accidentally irradiated, the time he was nearly destroyed by a colony he was trying to evacuate, the time an insane art-collector kidnapped him and repeatedly threatened him with with a disruptor... it would also explain why he displayed such never before seen agility against the Son'a officers trying to attack him at the start of ''Insurrection''... Data had replaced his slower and weaker original legs with some capable of falling thirty feet (an accomplishment Geordi doubted he could achieve in the first series of TNG when faced with a far shorter drop).
** This would also explain why Data acts as an inflation device in ''Insurrection,'' despite having preciously described as sinking to the bottom of a lake in "Descent, Part II."
* Many fans have also commented how the Defiant, a ship designed to fight Borg, was missing every ''Deep Space Nine'' regular except for Worf, despite the fact that Sisko was probably itching for some payback for the death of his wife. But actually if you check the stardates, Sisko's current activity was pursuing the Maquis traitor Eddington throughout the Badlands, which not only removed him from the fight, but a large part of his senior staff also. One of the rare occasions that the Star Trek script writers actually did their continuity homework...
** It's also quite possible that Starfleet opted to do to Sisko what they did with Picard - declare his 'emotional integrity' compromised because of what he lost at Wolf 359 and not allow him to join the fight.
** Being busy hunting Eddington would also explain why Chief O'Brien wasn't there. Too bad he didn't at least get a cameo, though.


[[folder: Fridge Horror ]]

* Speaking of Data's newfound flesh. Do you think the Borg had that custom made for him, or simply salvaged it from captured members of Data's crew?
* Combined with NothingIsScarier, there are few things in recent cinematic history as terrifying as hearing the audio pickup of thousands of terrified men and women [[RedAlert ready to fight]]... and then hear the famous, horrifying litany that made the Borg truly fearsome- [[CurbStompBattle followed by screaming.]]
* So the ''Enterprise-E'' is said to have roughly 800 crew aboard, not to mention the survivors they pick up from the ''Defiant'' (including Worf) in the opening battle. By the time Picard finally gives the order to abandon ship, it has been mentioned that the Borg "just took decks 5 and 6", leaving only four decks under the crew's control out of 24 or 26 (both numbers are given in the film). Even if Geordi brought dozens or maybe hundreds of engineering crew down to Earth to help repair the ''Phoenix'' overnight, and even if we saw scores of lifeboats leave in the evacuation, [[RedshirtArmy how many hundreds of crew members]] [[InferredHolocaust died or were assimilated at the hands of the Borg]]? Worse still, [[WhatTheHellHero how many did it take]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone before Picard realized the futility of staying to fight]]? Granted, plenty of the Borg victims were probably able to be rescued and surgically freed of their implants afterwards much as Picard was, but by the end of the film it would appear that the majority of the crew of the ''Enterprise'' are either dead or incapacitated, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking while the ship probably needs a long stay in drydock just to clean up the mess that the Borg left behind]].
** Also, psychological trauma of having been a Borg. And having to be a doctor removing the implants. And the Borg who got killed in engineering. And the people, if any, who were converted years ago and aren't from the Enterprise, currently far from everything they knew. And the ones that couldn't be saved by removing the implants because they make up so much of their body. And...
*** Who says any of the Borged crew members survived? The death of the Queen is accompanied by every visible drone also collapsing in a shower of sparks and convulsions. Borg are known to have built-in self destruct mechanisms that kick in when they are severed from the Collective. The only characters successfully liberated have been freed very carefully under controlled conditions.
*** Yeah, probably by this point, after the events of ''Generations'' and ''First Contact'', [[VestigialEmpire there aren't that many of the old Enterprise-D crew left at all]].
* Crossing with FridgeLogic: The [[TimePolice Temporal Investigators]] who interview Picard about this had better not have heart conditions.
* The part where Picard [[EyeScream gets his eye poked out]]. Does this mean that as we've watched him in post-"Best of Both Worlds" ''Next Generation'' and ''Generations'', he had a replacement eye the whole time?
** I always saw that as being part of the nightmare. Those who have traumatic experiences often have nightmares based on their memories, which feature events that did not actually happen.
* Everyone gave grief to the writers about why Picard didn't replicate [[MoreDakka physical guns]] (which ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' proved Starfleet possessed at least replicator files for) when the phasers were fully adapted to. After all, he was able to shoot up two drones on the holodeck without the shields deflecting anything. However, notice that the second drone took MANY more hits before going down. Borg are ''perfectly'' capable of adapting to traditional gunfire, except it just ricochets off the armor plating instead of producing a green flash.


[[folder: Fridge Logic ]]

* Where did Worf get the Klingon sword he used on the deflector dish? I doubt he got it off the ''Defiant'' before being beamed aboard.
** You don't think weapon collectors exist in the 24th century? A crew member on the Enterprise E could've owned it and Worf simply borrowed it for the spacewalk just in case. Or he could've gotten it from the nearest working replicator.
*** Maybe [[TheRival Riker]] won it in a poker bet and had it mounted on the wall in his quarters.
*** From a replicator?
*** Scarier option: he might carry one on him at all times. Just, you know, ''in case.''
*** Or, you know, it could actually be sequestered in his baldric sash (only moving it to his spacesuit during the spacewalk scene since melee combat was expected). The premiere episode of ''StarTrekEnterprise'' has the Klingon who crash-lands on Earth withdraw a blade from his sash. Klingons being the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] of the franchise, it's quite plausible.
** Question, would that be scary, or scary awesome?
* As amazing as it was, Picard's dream ultimately takes away [[NightmareFuel the reveal of the Borg's more terrifying revamped look]].